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He Kept the Nazis from Getting the Bomb

Many of the historical heroes we feature each Wednesday as being Advocates and Allies of the Jewish people earned their place in history during the Holocaust, whether it was by saving Jews or resisting the evil forces who would have seen the end of the Jewish people. But this week's Advocate and Ally acted against Hitler's evil regime in order to save the entire world. The Jerusalem Post tells us of the death this past weekend at the age of 99 of Joachim Roenneberg, the Norwegian who led a WWII operation on skis that kept Hitler from getting the atomic bomb:

The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany's nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials said on Sunday.

Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or D2O, a hydrogen-rich substance that was key to the later development of atomic bombs...

An earlier raid failed to even reach the site, with dozens of attackers captured and killed, and Gunnerside members later described their own assault as a near-suicide mission.

Parachuting onto a snow-covered mountain plateau, the small group teamed up with a handful of other commando soldiers before skiing to their destination, penetrating the plant on foot and blowing up the heavy water production line.

Describing a pivotal moment, Roenneberg later said he made a last-minute decision to cut the length of his fuse from several minutes to seconds, ensuring the explosion would take place but making it more difficult to escape...

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